James Sundali

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James Sundali

Professor of Strategic Management, Director of Ph.D. in Business Administration Program

Summary

My name is James Sundali, and I have been a Professor in the Management Department at the University of Nevada, Reno since 1997. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 1995 and taught for three years at Kent State University in Ohio. My current research is mostly focused in the areas of judgment and decision making, behavioral finance and behavioral economics. I primarily teach the core class in strategic management at both the undergraduate and MBA level, an elective class in decision making and negotiation, and a Ph.D. seminar in managerial decision making.

Each summer, I teach a travel class called "leadership insights from the humanities" that visits New York City. I have served on numerous committees and in administrative capacities while at the University, and I am currently the Graduate Director of the Ph.D. program in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. I grew up in Anaheim, California and spent my summers playing sports and hanging out at the beach. I am married with identical twin daughters who are off to college soon.

Professional Experience

  • Current - 2014 Professor, University of Nevada, Reno / Managerial Sciences
  • 2014 - 2000 Associate Professor, University of Nevada, Reno / Managerial Sciences
  • 1999-1997 Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Reno / Managerial Sciences
  • 1997 - 1995 Assistant/Visiting Professor, Kent State University / Administrative Sciences
  • 1986 - 1987 Stockbroker (Series 7) / Financial Planning Consultant

Recent Publications

Education

  • Ph. D., University of Arizona, 1995. Major: Business Administration; Minor: Finance
    • Dissertation Title: "An experimental investigation of market entry problems"
    • Primary Dissertation Advisor: Amnon Rapoport
  • MBA, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1990
  • BS Economics California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, 1985
  • University of Nevada, Reno Business Strategy Game Hall of Fame (James Sundali, Professor)

    Spring 2020 - EMBA

    • Ian Fitzgerald
    • Jodi Patton
    • Lali Sekhon

    Spring 2020

    • Matthew Crochet
    • Yueliu Deng
    • Ruby Lac
    • Courtney Pike
    • Ethan Erdmann
    • Branden Gildemeister
    • Marlin Mack

    Fall 2019 MBA

    • Brett Evans
    • Jacob Hohl
    • Tasha Martel
    • Devon Wheeler

    Summer 2019

    • Nathan Miller
    • Piradheep Raveendiran
    • Cole Whitaker
    • Austin Wilkins

    2019 EMBA

    • David Cheung
    • Felipe Salamanca
    • Keshab Simkhada

    Spring 2019 EMBA

    • Roy Hemenway
    • Margaret Jones
    • Adrian Reynolds

    Spring 2019

    • Griffin Dahn
    • Zach Mehler
    • Lydia Morehouse
    • Eri Datja
    • Robert Gabour
    • Jaylen Hawkins
    • William Marquette
    • Peter O’Donovan
    • Mackenzie Stark

    Fall 2018 MBA

    • Charles Goldner
    • Holly Micuda
    • Sarah Polito

    Summer 2018

    • Adam Intagliata
    • Daniel Johnston
    • Sharanbir Singh

    Spring 2018 EMBA

    • James Conces
    • Yani Dickens
    • April Earl
    • Kellie Lee

    Spring 2018

    • Sean Barnard
    • Kristine Morishige
    • Jesse Neely
    • Cole Oshiro
    • Sukhkaran Boughan
    • Jacob Camp
    • Tanner Carter
    • Maggie Kolaks
    • Ryan Frommer
    • Conor Ingersoll
    • Justin Botelho
    • Logan Brastrup
    • Nicholas Carmen
    • Ryan Sousa

    Fall 2017 MBA

    • James Brennan
    • Jake Carrico
    • Morgane Schmidt
    • Katie Shive
    • Jordan Anderson
    • Casey Baker
    • Casey Jones
    • Sean Murphy

    Summer 2017

    • Denny Hsu
    • Abhay Sharma
    • Harry Thaung
    • Shane Wickes

    Spring 2017 EMBA

    • Eric Granata
    • Shannon Sevor
    • Damon Shea

    Spring 2017

    • Kimberly Holdiman
    • Cole McCarthy
    • Jocelyne Mejia
    • Shelby Villavicencio
    • Susie Ball
    • Imelda Cabanilla
    • Cole McBride
    • Mariah Wilkinson

    Fall 2016 MBA

    • Donovan Brill
    • Elton Colbert
    • Andrew Diss
    • Kyle Snyder

    Summer 2016

    • Kenneth Bayless
    • Ryan Huff
    • Hermilyn Kengle
    • Gino Rossi

    Spring 2016

    • Dylan Hipsley
    • Jason Metcalf
    • Nicolas Spriet
    • Justine Walsh
    • Tasha Ah Quin-Soren
    • Samuel Davison
    • Brandon Oxborrow
    • Alex Sznaider

    Spring 2016 EMBA

    • Jennifer Anderson
    • Joseph Croarkin
    • Erik Engh
    • Matthew Warnert

    Fall 2015 MBA

    • Brandon Bonifacio
    • Keith Lantz
    • James Wichert
    • Jeff Wilbrecht
    • Channing Christiansen
    • Heather Ford
    • Adam Spear
    • Aaron Wike

    Summer 2015

    • Madalaine Mullen
    • Daniel Pratt
    • Maryjo Smart

    Spring 2015

    • Garrett Blank
    • David Diegel
    • Sean Moore
    • Dennis Reagan
    • Joseph Ludlow
    • Chris Maestas
    • Patrick Smith
    • Nicolas Velichko

    Spring 2015 EMBA

    • Robert Dalrymple
    • Robert Easley
    • Mitsuyo Maser

    Fall 2014 MBA

    • Cory Podnar
    • Jasmine Stanley
    • Eric Swenson

    Summer 2014

    • Kelsea Duffrin
    • Sean Holmes
    • Cheyanne Ranson
    • Shannon Testa

    Spring 2014

    • Allison Bulow
    • Eastin Grotewold
    • Darin Malan
    • Kelby Schoorl
    • Chong, Jin Chaio
    • Ottmann, Erik
    • Prichard, Nicole
    • Stremmel, Hudson

    Spring 2014 EMBA

    • Daniel Audette
    • Gil Steidle
    • Robert Testi

    Winter 2014

    • Christopher Dewey
    • Stephanie Duffy
    • Chloe Legras
    • Katelyn Parsons

    Fall 2013 MBA

    • JC Conway
    • William Sutherland
    • Chelsea Voors

    Summer 2013

    • Anthony Dionisi
    • Brian Ford
    • Bryton Lewis
    • Aaron Quilici

    Spring 2013

    • Travis Anderson
    • Gregory Chedwick
    • Brian Murphy
    • Jacob Stever

    Winter 2013

    • Alex Camacho
    • Christopher Jenkins
    • Janet McGovern
    • James Mullaney

    Fall 2012 MBA

    • Jennifer Bautista
    • Matthew Fry
    • Megan Sells
    • Daniel Zaccagnino

    Fall 2012 EMBA

    • Christine Casey
    • Christina Dils
    • Christine Meder

    Summer 2012

    • Xiaoxue Chang
    • Lina Luo
    • Qimeng Zeng

    Spring 2012

    • Lisa Gilbert
    • Misty Valencia
    • Paul Young
    • Michael Carrico
    • John Morrissey
    • Alyscn Simms
    • Sheryl Winchester

    Winter 2012

    • Natalia Becerra
    • Jeff Gardner
    • Blake Nahlen
    • Michael Sanner

    Fall 2011 MBA

    • Hua, Yung
    • Jia, Chun
    • Knight, Patricia
    • Rud, Adam

    Summer 2011

    • Davis, Michael
    • Mills, Alexandra
    • O'brien, Thomas

    Spring 2011

    • Shaun Cahlan
    • Bryan McNutt
    • Brad Pickering
    • Jeremy Tweet
    • Andrew Bass
    • Grant Jeppson
    • Aubrey Owens

    Winter 2010-11

    • Marissa Colbert
    • Dino Crupi
    • Adil Harchaoui
    • Julian Sosa

    Fall 2010 MBA

    • Tyler Haack
    • Scott Hall
    • Guillaume Tonelli
    • Adam Winkler

    Summer 2010

    • Elana Asselin
    • Alexander Budge
    • Chelses Sawyer

    Spring 2010

    • Samantha Baldock
    • James Harrison
    • Brent Leavitt
    • Maria Mizyuk
    • Natalie Arneson
    • Christopher Drury
    • Kern Herron
    • Enrique Ramos

    Fall 2009 MBA

    • Bryan Mcardle
    • Adam Plain
    • Vernon Taylor
    • Geoffrey Zahler

    Summer 2009

    • Marion Dillon
    • Adam Jones
    • Bryce Twichell
    • Reana Bye
    • Tasha Lowell
    • Rachel McClintock
    • Rachel Reese

    Spring 2009

    • Christopher Moleski
    • Joshua Schill
    • Brandon Wimbley
    • Galen Broderick
    • Valerie Lear
    • Christopher Robison
    • Ettienne Shuda

    Fall 2008 – Minden MBA

    • Lam Campbell
    • Adam Weiss
    • Summer Woodson

    Spring 2008

    • Tyler Carvahlo
    • Mike Coughlin
    • Joel Frank
    • Alex Kilby
    • Rui Leng
    • Mark Pitchford

    Summer 2008

    • Willaim Aguilar
    • Colin Ard
    • Judge Koenig
    • Oscar Mendez

    Spring 2008 - MBA

    • Alison Dugan
    • Michelle Hayes
    • Jitnapa Mahaviriyakul
    • Dan Ross

    Fall 2007

    • Jonathan Coots
    • Takeshi Ryu
    • Jonathan Wente

    Summer 2007

    • Ravul Chawla
    • Donald Gothe
    • Krista Haggot
    • Solomon Ibinola

    Spring 2007

    • Luis Calvo
    • Kyle McDermaid
    • Adrian Testa
    • Czarina Frias
    • Humberto Solis
    • Paola Villena
    • Jeremy Wingert
    • Randy Cox
    • Maren Gusalus
    • Marcus McElroy
    • Cody Witt

    Fall 2006

    • Yuko Kobayashi
    • Jason Rinaldi
    • Jordan Wilson

    Spring 2007 MBA

    • David Hansen
    • Sheetal Kamble
    • Crystal Metzenheim
    • Mark Witsoe
    • Rolandys Banys
    • Shenea Stephenson
    • Christopher Strader
    • Richard Szot

    Summer 2006

    • Jory Negrete
    • Greg Ruzzine
    • Stephanie Sciaran
    • Erin Wootan
    • Sabrina Robertson
    • Jade Rogers
    • Kevin Snow
    • Sean Sullivan

    Spring 2006 MBA

    • Volkan Akbas
    • Travis Coombs
    • Mike Joyer
    • Gary Noah

    Spring 2006

    • Lucien Kidd
    • Jovita Robertson
    • Matthew Van Ness
    • Craig Demartini
    • David Duffy
    • Afton Faillers
    • Lauren Fisk
    • Ryan Binker
    • Andrew Lister
    • J.T. Schmidt
    • Ace Van Patten

    Spring 2005 MBA

    • Dana Belton
    • Jason Chamberlain
    • Kelly Colletti
    • Samuel Harvey

    Summer 2005

    • Mark Albin
    • Matthew Cannon
    • Thomas Thornton
    • Bernadette Tonye

    Fall 2005

    • Matsuba Shizuka
    • Shaw Ronn

    Spring 2005 MBA

    • Honorable Mention
    • Eric Hartman
    • Jody Mays
    • Chad Waters
    • Dustin Waters
    • Honorable Mention
    • Bharman Gulati
    • Barbara Klipfel
    • Min li
    • Lynette Phillips
    • Sam Kumar
    • Terry Mccloud
    • Lindy Thorn
    • Angela Wilson

    Spring 2005

    • Ching-Chu Huang
    • Akiko Masuda
    • Rie Yamada
    • David Diaz
    • Chris Martindale
    • Justin Sollenne
    • Casey Walker
    • Gary Dawson
    • Kathryn Sigovich
    • Vitaliy Skripkin
    • Nelson Velasquez

    Fall 2004

    • Josh Ballew
    • Jesse Carlstrom
    • Daniel Hickman
    • Christine Novotny
    • Masaki Ishihara
    • Justin Klein
    • Wayne Webb
      The entire class

    Summer 2004

    • Jeremy Broeme
    • Rebecca Dewitt
    • Jason Johns
    • Robert Morgan
    • Michael Poulson
    • Kathryn Senfield

    Fall 2003

    • Mark Eardley
    • Robert Guilbault
    • Landon Tichenor

    Summer 2003

    • Karie Davis
    • Shane Irvine
    • Reuben Kuruvila
    • Shayna Quilici

    Spring 2003 MBA – Elko

    • Kirk Laird
    • Dave Sellers
    • Vickey Sellers

    Fall 2003

    • Torrey Eldridge
    • Brian Grocott
    • Richard Sharkey

    Spring 2003

    • Rebecca Borbon
    • Vicki Bourn
    • Geoff McCombs
    • Adam Sikorksi

    Spring 2003 MBA

    • Sean Crowley
    • Chip Hobson
    • Eric Riedi
    • Debra Robison

    Spring 2003

    • Marcel Boehm
    • Carlos Castro
    • Javier Duarte
    • Adam Young

    Fall 2002

    • Nicolas Caple
    • Christopher Daileda
    • Kathy Schultz
    • Gary Wilcox
    • Ryan Comstock
    • Benjamin Galles
    • Laura Kring

    Summer 2002

    • Simon Pace
    • Chad Tranberg
    •  Jason Weaver

    Spring 2002

    • Tim Baguley
    • Justin Bustos
    • Eric Coughanour
    • Rachel Lawrence
    • Karen Stoffer
    • Nick Hackstaff
    • Dan McCoy
    • Sean Marler
    • Samuel “Fritz” Tramonte
    • Keith Schillo

    Fall 2001

    • Hector Castro
    • A. Bert Fricke
    • Kelly Stopper
    • Chris Bertrum
    • Monica Chien
    • Delisia Gonsalez
    • Keith Sotomey

    Spring 2002 MBA

    • James Beattie
    • Andrea Morton
    • Walter Morton
    • Thomas Prunty

    Summer 2001

    • Vic De Los Santos
    • Chuck Planeta
    • Barbara Schiwart
    • Jay Sorenson

    Spring 2001

    • Joan Iris Leon
    • Ricardo Villacorta
    • Matt Wall
    • Daiki Yamazaki
    • Christina Gilbert
    • Sally Szymaniak
    • Larry Woods
    • Devin Zegers

    Spring 2001 MBA

    • James Kyle Bell
    • Mary Flannigan
    • Dean Skidmore

    Spring 2001

    • Michelle Brinkley
    • Ben Carman
    • Ashley Rosenow
    • Dan Wallace
    • Joseph Cenicola
    • Matt Cramer
    • David Kelly

    Fall 2000

    • Dana Ackelson
    • Ross Snyder
    • Heidi Spiegler
    • Karin Traylor
    • Simon Chong
    • Kenichi Ito
    • Michael Pereira
    • David Schmidt

    Summer 2000

    • Linda Dickie
    • Larry King
    • Jenny MacDonald

    Spring 2000

    • Alisa Ball
    • Sean O’Brien
    • Jason Smith
    • Melinda Cash
    • Nancy Lujan
    • Deborah Mattie
    • Patty Metzger
    • Kerry Aguirre
    • Kelly Bitz
    • Shirley Gililland
    • Bill Ross

    Spring 2000 MBA

    • Dan Ivens
    • Terri Rovarino
    • Olatz Apalategui
    • Kristi Grund
    • Shuk (Shannon) Chan

    Fall 1999

    • David Jackson
    • Hyon Park

    Summer 1999

    • Caesar Ibarra
    • Mike Litchfield
    • Sara Rolf

    Spring 1999

    • Mike Combs
    • Shawn Weatherbee

    Fall 1999 MBA

    • David Crichton
    • Richard Ross
    • Bill Wright

    Summer 1998

    • Bing Ng
    • John Ortman

    Fall 1998

    • Brian Rivers
    • Gordan Dzadzic

    Spring 1999 MBA

    • Cathy Buck
    • Francisco Cossio
    • Pip Martin

    Spring 1998

    • Jason James
    • Jeremy Kracke
    • Christopher Boyd
    • Joaquim Nessem

    Fall 1997

    • Jonah Crawford